Five insurgents have been arrested and small arms seized from their possessions during search operations by security and police personnel at different places in Manipur, the police said on Saturday.

Following a specific information, the police commandos launched a massive search operations at the border town of Moreh in Chandel district on Friday, sources said adding that two members of banned People’s Revolutionary Party of Kangleipak (PREPAK) were arrested.

Sources identified the two PREPAK insurgents as Md Akram (18) and Md Amjad (19), adding that one Myanmar-made bike and a 9 mm pistol along with some ammunitions were seized from their possesssion.

Investigation was whether the two had infiltrated from Myanmar side some days ago, sources said adding that an insurgent of Kanglei Yawol Kann Lup (KYKL) identified as Y Shyamchand (31) was arrested during frisking of passers-by from Yairipok area in Thoubal district yesterday.

On the same day yesterday, a combined team of Thoubal police commandos and personnel of 27th Assam Rifles battalion arrested during search operation another KYKL man identified as Abdul Rasid (26) from Tangjeng Khunou area in the district, sources said.

One 9 mm pistol, cash of Rs 50,310 and some rounds of ammunitions were seized from Abdul Rasid, sources said.

In yet another search operation yesterday, the same team also arrested an insurgent of People’s Liberation Army (PLA) identified as Md. Amin Khan (21) from Sekmaijin area in Thoubal district, adding that one 9 mm pistol and some rounds of ammunitions were seized from him.

All the arrested persons have been handed over to Imphal west district police station for further investigation, sources said adding that more than 200 insurgents have so far been arrested during various search operations in Manipur this year.

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